Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, off-price apparel and home fashion retailer Ross Stores has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Ross Stores and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Ross Stores facts



Headquarters (founded)

Pleasanton, Calif. (1957)

Market Cap

$13.1 billion


Apparel retail

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$9.7 billion


CEO Michael Balmuth

COO Michael O'Sullivan

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)



$647.9 million/$150.0 million

Dividend Yield




TJX Companies 

Wal-Mart Stores 

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 92% of the 427 members who have rated Ross Stores believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those bulls, JMacSol, succinctly summed up the Ross Stores bull case for our community:

Buying on the recent pullback. Low leverage. Safe dividend (probably growing, given the size of the cash balance). So much more room for growth in revenues (high y/o/y EBIT growth and OCF, relative to peers).

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psst, Fool's free investing community, they were majority pushing SUV when it was at $9 and $10 then one day it fell like a break to less then $2. Even back a $5 it has a long road to hoe back to $10. Rost can still grow by adding locations but can it maintain earning growth at the per store level??.

April 08 2013 at 6:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply